With the second overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Boston Bruins selected Tyler Seguin, an 18-year-0ld center listed at 6'1 and 190 pounds.
Seguin, who most analysts had ranked either first or second with Taylor Hall, scored 106 points (48 G, 58 A) in just 63 games with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL last year. Bruins President Cam Neely has indicated that the franchise expects Seguin to be part of their Opening Night roster in October.
But at what position?
The Bruins are shopping veteran center Marc Savard, and re-signed forward Mark Recchi on Monday. They also acquired forward Nathan Horton before the draft in a trade with the Florida Panthers that also brought forward Greg Campbell to Boston. If the Bruins do not move Savard, there is some thought that Seguin could begin his NHL career at wing rather than center because of the depth the Bruins have at the position.
He has scored at every level, but, like Hall, was looking to join a team that struggled offensively last year; no Bruin scored more than 52 points last year. However, the addition of Horton and Recchi staying put should help the fantasy expectations of Seguin to improve.
While expecting a rookie to lead a team in scoring that was in the playoffs the previous season sounds ridiculous, it is far from out of the question to think that, if 60 points could lead the Bruins, Seguin could accomplish the feat. His hockey IQ is well regarded and he'll be playing with smart veterans like Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Horton, Recchi and possibly Savard.
If Seguin is eligible at a wing position and at center, his value would increase as well. He is worth keeping an eye on as a secondary forward in his rookie campaign.